Palm Springs. The home of cacti, agaves and luxe landscaping that complements the clean lines and geometric shapes of modernist architecture (white façade and breeze blocks, anyone?).
It is an oasis, not unlike our own piece of paradise here on the Sunshine Coast – sans the coastline, of course.
This is why it makes perfect sense that the creators of this gorgeous coastal home were inspired by the design principles that have appealed to architects and designers since the mid-1900s – with a contemporary twist, of course.
Nestled in Bells Creek, this display home is the creation of Coast Life Homes and is a testament to thoughtful design and innovative touches. You could almost say it is redefining the quintessential coastal property.
The brief was simple: to design a display home that reflected the Sunshine Coast lifestyle. Located on a 392-square metre block, the home had to be functional, practical and provide stylish street-appeal. The target clientele? Second or third homeowners and those seeking luxury in a modern, downsized space.
The team hit the mark – the home, entitled ‘Malibu with Palm Springs Façade’, won the Innovation in Materials and Products category at the 2023 HIA Sunshine Coast/Wide Bay Housing Awards.
The design, open spaces and integration with the outdoors define the architectural aesthetic. With high ceilings, a mudroom, two living areas, four bedrooms and an inground pool, every aspect meets the brief. The home integrates a 6.6kW solar system, fully ducted and zoned air-conditioning and a 6.8-star energy-efficiency rating, aligning with Coast Life Homes’ commitment to sustainability.
“The design was a collaboration between Coast Life Homes and DraftRoom building designers,” explains managing director Russel Kay. “[What] is appealing to clients is the sustainable building materials, drought-tolerant gardens, solar system and energy-efficient appliances. These are all items that we can include in client homes to create more sustainable and energy-efficient homes into the future.”
Architecturally, the most striking material used in this project is the breeze blocks, a product that has made a comeback, securing its place amongst contemporary design. Not only do they look good, but breeze blocks provide a subtle divide between spaces while allowing for natural ventilation and light.
The blocks were honed (ground to a smooth finish) to provide a modern, polished look and feel. The driveway was also honed to bring out the colour of the stone, while the entry and front path were created using sustainable Millboard Decking composite material, which has the look and feel of traditional timber. Natural grass inserts in the driveway soften the look of the concrete and bring a fresh feel to the overall exterior of the home.
The compact yet functional and stylish swimming pool is constructed from concrete with a fresh white pebble interior. The coping is consistent with the tiles used on the rear alfresco patio, creating a clean transition from the outdoor dining space to the pool area. The decking around the pool is built using the same Millboard product. Frameless glass fencing provides a seamless finish. When combined, these elements achieve that sought-after coastal-Palm Springs vibe.
“The home has a distinct look and feel, from the front façade through the home to the large internal stacker doors leading to the pool area with its palm trees and crushed sandstone gardens,” Russel says.
The theme extends into the interior of the home through carefully selected furniture and fittings. The interior itself features an open-plan living and dining area, which opens out onto the alfresco area and deck.
Quality workmanship and on-trend features demonstrate Coast Life Homes’ commitment to delivering homes that resonate with the current market.
“The interior was designed by Jane Kay and includes the use of VJ board feature walls to the mud room and master suite, higher ceilings and brushed gold door furniture,” Russel says. “The bathroom has many unique qualities including a curved mirror, gold taps and accessories, a freestanding bath and floor-to-ceiling tiling.”
The ensuite is also well-appointed with a walk-in shower with full-length shelf wall, twin under-mount basins, separate water closet and full-height tiling throughout.”
The ensuite and main bathroom feature beautifully marbled natural quartz Statuario benchtops and classic oak cabinetry. The theme continues into the kitchen, which has been designed with sleek Laminex Polar White cabinetry, classic oak accents, quartz Statuario benchtops and brushed gold Mizu tapware.
VJ lining board was used under the breakfast bar, while the Ferrara brushed gold cabinetry handles offer a subtle but practical addition to the cabinetry doors.
In essence, this property is a manifestation of the Sunshine Coast lifestyle. It is the ideal combination of practicality, sustainability and luxury.